Magnetic therapy may help treat depression

A recent study has revealed that magnets may help treat depression.

According to www.sify.com, magnets cause activity in certain parts of the brain which help to improve depressive symptoms in people who do not get relief from anti depressants.

The study was conducted by a team of researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina and involved around 190 participants. During the trials, around half of these were given transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy using helmets which transferred magnetic currents to the front part of the brain for 37 minutes each day over the course of three or more weeks. The other half received a bogus version of the treatment for same length of time.

Magnetic therapy could be used to treat depression

As reported by www.news.yahoo.com, the findings of the study revealed that around 14 per cent of the people who were given magnetic therapy said they felt relief from depressive symptoms. Only 5 per cent of those who were given the bogus treatment reported the same improvement.

“The results of this study suggest that prefrontal repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation is a monotherapy with few adverse effects and significant antidepressant effects for unipolar depressed patients who do not respond to medications or who cannot tolerate them,” explained researcher Dr Mark George.